Today's the day for LondonHouse, as the new hotel south of the Chicago River soft opens and unveils its ballyhooed three-level rooftop lounge. The hotel is the next evolution of the storied Chicago landmark Fort Dearborn. In recent years, the building housed journalists from Crain Communications, but the transformed site shows no sign a newsroom ever populated the site.
The three levels are divided as follows. There's LH On 21, the indoor bar full of earthy tones and sleek furniture where guests can relax with plush turquoise seats at the bar. Then there's LH On 22. That's the outdoor terrace with views of the river. The views are spectacular with seeing the Tribune Tower and Marina City, but it's a bit jarring when eyes are greeted by the the name on that infamous structure belonging to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The 22nd floor bar is covered, just in case Chicago's unpredictable weather strikes. Apparently bar reservations via Tock for June are booked and there's a waiting list available.